Living the Dream
Big Little Lies Season 1



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

Big Little Lies continues to flush out its leading ladies, but it's becoming clear that not everyone is "Living the Dream."

Episode Info

Madeline organizes a trip to compete with Annabella's birthday party to annoy Renata. Meanwhile, Celeste's roller-coaster relationship with Perry continues before their first therapy session with Dr. Reisman; Abigail's guidance counselor wants to meet with Madeline; Principal Nippal announces the theme for the fall fund-raiser; and Jane asks for Madeline's help with Ziggy's family-tree project.

Cast & Crew

Shailene Woodley
Jane Chapman
Zoë Kravitz
Bonnie Carlson
Alexander Skarsgård
Perry Wright
Adam Scott
Ed Mackenzie
James Tupper
Nathan Carlson
Kathryn Newton
Abigail Carlson
Darby Camp
Chloe Mackenzie
Chloe Coleman
Skye Carlson
Ivy George
Amabella Klein
Iain Armitage
Ziggy Chapman
P.J. Byrne
Principal Nippal
Sarah Baker
Santiago Cabrera
Joseph Bachman
Kelen Coleman
Harper Stimson
Merrin Dungey
Detective Adrienne Quinlan
Robin Weigert
Dr. Amanda Reisman
Keisuke Hoashi
Dr. Leo Chang
Jennifer Lafleur
Tim True
Detective Walt Gibson
Jean-Marc Vallée
Barbara Hall
Jean-Marc Vallée
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Critic Reviews for Living the Dream

This episode is kind of a snooze compared to the first two- nothing new is introduced, it's just more developments of the plot elements we already know.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Ooh, it's getting real in Monterey, and not even your favorite Disney characters are safe. It's the third episode of Big Little Lies, titled "Living the Dream," and those perfect little lives are unraveling, and quickly.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Here's what Big Little Lies gets, and it's even more compelling than its murder mystery: It's the fact that being a mother is really, really hard, and the hardest things are the ones you could never have predicted.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

In this week's episode, all the Big Little Liars seem desperate to understand the decisions made by their younger selves.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Desperate housewives, indeed. And utterly compelling television.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The dynamics between these women, and their struggles with their own personal demons are much better television than any old murder investigation.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not just the real estate porn or the melodrama or the highly defined costume design that makes it so good. It's the long, silent scenes allowing these actresses to just do their craft.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Jean-Marc Vallée and writer David E. Kelley take all the attributes of the most impossible version of 'having it all' - great wealth, beauty, precocious kids, beachfront property - and twist them into horror

Aug 30, 2017 | Full Review…

It traffics in sudsy moments that feel a world away. Yet it also trades in a sober truth: that everything parents do affects their children's lives in some way. It's also boldly unafraid to show how men can harm women.

Apr 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Big Little Lies continues to hold my attention, bringing up discussion points about friendship, marriage and raising children, among other things. Life is hard, you guys. Let's never forget that.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Three weeks in, the layers of the story are beginning to meld together in a really gorgeous way thanks to the all-star performances at the center.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…